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The Light of the World Audiobook

The Light of the World: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a reenergized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark.

This exquisite memoir is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story, but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters.

A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.

The Light of the World is both an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares about what matters most, The Light of the World is required listening.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Elizabeth Alexander (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Alexander should be proud because she is one of the few authors who also successfully narrate their own book. She has a sunny, vibrant voice that accentuates the good times she writes about, but she's also able to moderate her tone for the most serious passages, making the story more nuanced and interesting." (AudioFile)

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    Natalie Tomich 04-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Eloquently written, moving and beautiful memoir"
    What made the experience of listening to The Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    The author/narrator's voice is lovely and authentic as she reads the words she has so beautifully written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way she constructed the memoir, how she introduced me to her husband and the life of their family, and how she made me feel the love they shared and the loss they felt.


    What about Elizabeth Alexander’s performance did you like?

    It was rich, textured, moving, and authentic. It felt like a spoken word poetry session given by a good friend.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... and I think I might listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It is a touching tribute to the life of her late husband and of the life they shared together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-20-16
    Wendy 05-20-16
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    "A lovely book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    I downloaded this book to listen to while I walk. The upside of choosing this book for this purpose was that I couldn't wait to get out for my next walk, The downside of choosing this book for this purpose was that I was walking around my neighbourhood bawling. This was a beautiful and touching book that made me appreciate the people and beauty in my own life.


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    brigitte 09-30-15
    brigitte 09-30-15
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    "Poignant, beautiful, memorable and so lyrical."

    A must read. Absolutely mesmerizing, deeply moving. A celebration of a man, of love, creativity, cultures, blackness, and transcendance.

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    JC 08-11-15
    JC 08-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A Moving Account of Love and Loss"

    Tender and moving account of the loss of a partner in the prime of life. Elizabeth Alexander writes beautifully and hearing her read is a special treat. I especially like the way she weaves the threads of the story together, repeating details to deepen the reader's sense of the whole. A great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 09-21-16
    Brooke 09-21-16
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    "Incredible."

    Incredibly moving. Incredibly well written. Incredibly honest. I enjoyed this book from start to finish - and highly recommend it!

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    Ruth Hildenberger 09-10-16
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    "loved it! the narrator was enchanting and inspirin"

    the narrator was extremely easy to identify with; very likable. she is inspiring and i would very much like to know her better.

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    Stephanie Shumate 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very slow"
    What disappointed you about The Light of the World?

    I read as part of a book club and really could not get into the book.


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    i.abdul 04-04-16
    i.abdul 04-04-16
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    "Gorgeously written & read"

    Elizabeth Alexander delivers this beautiful story poetically. It is a joy to listen to. A meditation on deep love and difficult loss.

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    lucien 02-28-16
    lucien 02-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Elegantly descriptive"

    When responsibility is the rusted on you when not requested, you either run for the hills or accept it with all your strength. The author describes her life and the lives around her that were touched by a man taken from her far too soon. But it's more than I love story, it's a story that describes how sometimes we don't know we the strength to lead when we actually do. One notable part that I truly enjoyed was mid book when Alexander actually counted the things that occurred and that she and her husband did while they were together. The number of homes, the number of nannies, the number of holidays. Simply breathtaking.

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    StephanieRaye 02-05-16
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    "love!"

    As a widow, I related to her story in so many ways. I really enjoyed this.

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